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Food trucks: which ones are really good and which ones are just fads

Ruth Lafler | Aug 25, 201110:17 AM

While I think the idea of a food truck is cool, so far I've been underwhelmed by the actual experience.

The problem I see with the food truck phenomenon is that it runs counter to what street food should be: it isn't fast and it isn't cheap.

I've been periodically checking out the trucks parked at the "Truck Stop" at Mission and First and I've usually walked away without buying anything, either because the lines are too long or because the offerings just don't seem exciting or like a good value, especially compared to the other options a few yards away. Why should I stand in line to buy curry from a truck when I can buy the same thing from Cello around the corner for no more (or possibly less), not have to stand in line and have a place to sit?

Yesterday I bought a lemongrass chicken salad from the Hiyaaa Roll truck. It was fine, but nothing exciting, and while the chicken was good, and a generous portion, paying a $2 upcharge ($9) over the sandwich for some lettuce and a bit of julienned cucumber seemed excessive.

So what I want to know is, not which trucks are good, but which trucks are in some way *better* than buying the same or similar food from a more traditional outlet. Which ones would you go back to once the novelty factor has worn off?

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